Information for current students
Dear students, welcome to this information page. Below you will find electronic copies of your handbooks and links to all the information you will need for your studies. Please familiarize yourselves with the information on this page. My Birkbeck helpdesk is your main port of call for general issues regarding your status as a student. Issues related to your course can be directed to the course administrators. Many courses have additional information on the virtual learning environment (Moodle) so please click through the link below.
- My Birkbeck Profile (for student contact information, exam timetables, personalised class timetables, etc.)
- Moodle (for class notes, etc.)
Your contact details
- Email is the main method by which we will contact you, so it's important that we get your email address right. We offer two options:
Birkbeck Library access
- Library tours for new students are arranged in the first few weeks of term.
- Birkbeck Library blog
- Follow Birkbeck Library on Twitter
- Birkbeck Library on Facebook
University of London Library (Senate House Library)
- The University of London Library is on the fourth floor of Senate House, next door to Birkbeck.
- Please follow signpostings within the building as it is a bit difficult to find the entrance to the library.
- Birkbeck students are entitled to join Senate House Library. This is one of the best university libraries in the UK. For more information, visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/otherlibs/shl
- You can consult their online catalogue at www.ull.ac.uk.
Enrolment and paying your fees
- Login to My Birkbeck Profile to complete your enrolment and organise your fee payment.
- Find out how to enrol (if you're new to Birkbeck, you will also need to register)'
- You may be eligible for financial support:
- Financial support for current CertHE students
- Financial support for current undergraduate students
- Financial support information for current postgraduate students
- Financial support information for current MPhil/PhD students
- Financial support information for current international students
- Financial support information for current students with disabilities and/or dyslexia
- Accommodation services
- Career services
- Computing and IT services
- Disability and dyslexia support
- Learning support and skills training
- My Birkbeck helpdesk
Exam entry and the examination period
- The examination period runs from the end of May to the third week in June.
- You will be asked to confirm your exams from December onwards. Find out more about entering for exams.
- Mitigating circumstances procedure and form
SSHP Ethics committee and its procedures
- Ethical conduct
- SSHP Ethics Committee
- Membership of the Committee
- Read full proposal procedure here or download the proposal forms:
- Classification of proposed research: Routine or Non-routine?
- Possible outcomes of a proposal
- Submission dates for proposals
- Other references
Information for current CertHE students
- CertHE Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics
- Introduction to Counselling
- Cert HE Counselling and Counselling Skills
Information for current Foundation Degree students
- Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- BSc Short-term Psychodynamic Counselling and CBT (top-up)
Information for current Undergraduate students
Information for current Graduate Certificate students
Information for current Master's students
- MSc Education, Power and Social Change
- MA Psychoanalytic Studies
- MA Psychosocial Studies
- MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
- MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development
Information for current MPhil/PhD and Doctorate students
- MPhil/PhD Handbook
- Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
- Birkbeck Graduate Research School
- Postgraduate training and research for the MPhil and PhD degrees: college code of practice
- Birkbeck Graduate Research School
- Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network
- Conference Request Form
- Student support
- Library resources
- Academic Declaration Form
- Rules and regulations
- Term dates
Upgrade panel (MPhil/PhD)
- Every year, the Department will hold an upgrade panel in June at which students' applications for upgrade will be assessed, and applications will either be approved, given conditional approval (subject to some further specified work being undertaken), or not approved.
- You will normally be expected to submit an application to upgrade from MPhil to PhD at the end of your first year of registration (for full-time students) or second year of registration (for part-time students). An additional upgrade panel will also be held in January (from Jan 2011) for students for whom a June panel is too early (because of break in studies or late registration)
- Your written application will consist of:
- An 8000-10,000-word sample chapter for your thesis (which might be an element of your theoretical argument for theoretical theses, or an element of your literature review for empirical theses).
- A summary statement setting out the background, rationale, focus and questions, methodology (for empirical theses), structure and timetable for your research project (up to 3000 words).
- A copy of ethical approval from the
- Students doing empirical research should have their ethics forms approved before their upgrade and submit together with other required pieces of writing, the confirmation of ethics being approved by the School's ethics committee.
- Possible outcomes of the upgrade are: Pass, Resubmit and Conditional Pass (these are cases where the committee needs to see further writing, however the student will not need to resit an examination).
- You will be required to submit three hard copies of each of these documents to the Department Office not later than three weeks before the date of the upgrade panel. We hope to confirm the date of the panel very shortly but anticipate that this will be in mid to late June, and so the deadline for submission of written documents will be towards the end of May. Exact dates will be confirmed with you very shortly.
How upgrade applications are assessed
- Your written submission will be read by two internal reviewers from the Department who are not involved in the supervision of your project.
- At the upgrade panel meeting, you will be asked to make a short 10-15 minute presentation setting out the background, aims and structure of your research, and the two internal reviewers will then ask you further questions about your presentation and written submission. Following this session, the reviewers will make a decision about your upgrade which will be passed on to you and your supervisors shortly after the panel is held.
Preparing for the next upgrade panel
- For those preparing for upgrade submission, we recommend that you start discussing with your supervisors early this term about what you should write for your sample chapter. As the term progresses you should also be thinking about how to present your summary overview of your project and where necessary apply for ethics permission from the by 15th March.